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Here's An Application For Joining Al Qaeda

It's one of the documents that was found in Osama bin Laden's documents, declassified and released on Wednesday.

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But it also asks less benign questions such as "Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?" and asking who the organization should contact in case the applicant ends up as a martyr.

The documents were released through the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and presented in their raw form, without context. Because of that, it's unclear just how these documents were distributed, if at all, when they were in circulation, or who reviewed them once received.


You can check out the full application to join up with Al Qaeda here.

And here's the original Arabic version, complete with watermark. According to ODNI's translator, the seal reads “The Security Committee – al-Qa’ida Organization” and “O ye people of faith, be vigilant.”

There's also some fun bits of mundanity, including a set of notes from a meeting on Al Qaeda's external operations. The undated notes indicate that things were going less than swimmingly for the global franchise at the time.

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